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    The State of Games, Ep. 145: The One About One-Hour Wonders

    January 31st, 2018

    stateofgameslogonewIf there’s one thing that’s awesome about board gaming it’s that we are spoiled for choice when it comes to variety. There are great card games that play in about 15 minutes, meaty Euros that burn your brain for 2 hours, or Ameritrash juggernauts that might take you a full day to play. But there’s also this super sweet spot in gaming where a certain type of game exists – one that plays in about an hour, isn’t overly-taxing, and yet makes you feel smart, fulfilled, and like you’ve just experienced something truly magical. These are the one-hour wonders, and herein we craft our ode.

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    Dice Hate Me Game of the Year Awards 2017

    January 16th, 2018

    gotylogo2017Happy New Year, dear readers! It’s been an amazing year in the board game industry for for publishers and gamers alike, with tons of new titles to explore including some awesome Greater Than Games hits like Fate of the Elder Gods, Spirit Island, Lazer Ryderz, and the Bottom of the 9th: Clubhouse Expansion. And there’s even more to look forward to in 2018 as our gargantuan project Legends of Sleepy Hollow and the Sentinels of the Multiverse RPG will be released!

    But before we look forward to next year, it’s time on Dice Hate Me to look back at some of the best and brightest board games from 2017. The categories are always tough to parse and come to a decision because of excellent games, and this year is no different. To clarify the process of selection, the Game of the Year Award is open only to those games that were published and distributed for retail openly in North America in 2017, and no Greater Than Games/Dice Hate Me Games titles are eligible. But, in order to honor those games that graced the gaming table for the first time this year but were published before 2017, I am continuing to announce the Dice Hate Me Discovery of the Year Award – including a certain title that will come as no surprise to all of you if you’ve been paying attention. All aboard!

     

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    The State of Games, Ep. 144: The One About The Best Games of 2017

    January 16th, 2018

    stateofgameslogonewWhether 2017 was great or terrible for you, there’s no denying that there were a ton of new game releases last year – more than any year on record, in fact. Add those to the already hugemongous collection of quality game titles from the past few years and gamers had a cornucopia of gaming goodness from which to choose. Now, there’s no way for everyone to play every single title that comes out, but we do pride ourselves on playing as many as we possibly can here on the podcast and we love sharing those experiences with all of you, dear listeners. So sit back and enjoy our takes on our absolute favorites of the past year, straight from our tables to your earholes.

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    The State of Games, Ep. 143: The One About Holiday Road

    December 28th, 2017

    stateofgameslogonewIt’s been almost a month since our last episode, but the holidays seemed to ambush us this year, keeping us busy and away from our microphones! It certainly hasn’t been an uneventful month, however, as we all managed to get together in Dover, Delaware for our traditional Dice Hate Me Holiday gathering with good food, grand festivities, and gaming galore. So gather round, Dear Listeners, and ring in the New Year with your good friends from The State of Games. May 2018 be filled with peace, love, and games!

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    The 2017 Dice Hate Me Holiday Gift Guide

    December 6th, 2017

    holidayguideannerGrab some cocoa and join me by the fireside, Dear Readers – tis the season to gab about gifting games! Believe it or not, this is the 7th annual Dice Hate Me Holiday Gift Guide, and nothing gets me more in the spirit than sharing some great games with all of you that you can share with everyone else. The list might be a tad late this year, but there’s still plenty of time before Santa loads up that sleigh and flies past Boardwalk and Park Place with all the Rolex and diamonds from Tiffany’s.

    I hope you enjoy the list, but most of all I hope you enjoy time with family and friends and get everything you wish for. May all your rolls be sixes and your resource cubes plentiful. Happy Holidays and Happy Gaming!

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    The State of Games, Ep. 142: The One About Unplugging

    November 29th, 2017

    stateofgameslogonewNovember is usually the time when gaming conventions come to a close and the holidays kick into high gear. For the past few years, only one con has ruled the November calendar – BGGCon. This year, however, a new contender reared its head, and in Philadelphia, PA! Thus, PAX Unplugged was born. And it was huge. And we all went to it. And we ate pretzels and brats and drank our Yeungling and played our games and T.C. actually bought things and all manner of unheard of activities ensued. This… this is our story.

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    The State of Games, Ep. 141: The One About Perception of Value

    November 15th, 2017

    stateofgameslogonewWe love it when listeners send in podcast topic suggestions; not only does it mean that there are actually people out there paying attention to what we have to say, it also means that we don’t have to wrack our brains thinking of something interesting to talk about! This podcast topic comes to us from long-time listener Neil Biggs. He asked us to dig really deep into the retail and Kickstarter sides of what makes certain games hold a high value both for gamers & publishers. You’ll also get to hear about Darrell’s adventures at Essen Spiel, how TC designed a whole Euro about a boring city in 5 hours, and how I just had to create the dinosaur game mentioned on the last podcast. Rawr.

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    The State of Games, Ep. 140: The One About Getting in the Spirit

    October 22nd, 2017

    stateofgameslogonewI LOVE HALLOWEEN. I almost celebrate Halloween more than I celebrate Christmas. Which is why it’s a bit of a shock that we haven’t done more Halloween-centric State of Games in the past few years. Well, all that obviously needed to change, so we drafted a little help from Keith Ferguson to really dig into the spirit of the holiday. I’ll just say that this is in my top 5 episodes that we’ve ever done; I hope you all have as much fun listening to it as we did recording it.

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    Nice Work, Detectives

    October 22nd, 2017

    In this video, I’m joined by Lillian, Josh Mills, and Matt Wolfe to do a complete playthrough of Case 1 of Detective: City of Angels by Van Ryder Games. The game is currently on Kickstarter and is also totally awesome – I’m a backer!

    WARNING: This video contains spoilers!

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    The State of Games, Ep. 139: The One About the Germans, Part Drei

    October 9th, 2017

    stateofgameslogonewIt’s the most wonderful time of the year – October! So many great things happen this month, and most of them involve board games, buddies, and beer. This is definitely true when it comes to SPIEL, which takes place in Essen, Germany. I’ve been and it is quite the spectacle of crowds, games, and great drinks. This year it’s Darrell’s turn, and we sit down to (hopefully) prepare him for the greatest show on Earth. Come join us!

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